Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jul 2013 15:21 UTC
Internet & Networking "Every household in Britain connected to the internet will be obliged to declare whether they want to maintain access to online pornography, David Cameron will announce on Monday." And so, the UK nanny state turns to straight up censorship. Let's look at some of the authoritarian policies that David Cameron wishes to enact.
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I'm not convinced
by roblearns on Tue 23rd Jul 2013 13:23 UTC
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The theory behind blocking pornography is that it does some public good.

And you'll be told, to protect women, but that isn't the case.

Relatively speaking the number of women employed in the pornography field isn't many compared to the massive numbers of men addicted to pornography.

The toll on society is great. At the same time, I don't favor censorship.

The main issue with pornography is that for many its available for free. If economics worked the way it used to in the past - there'd be no excuse for government intervention.

But the phenomena of delivering services for free in order to profit from addicts mean there is no longer the barrier.

Look in years gone by - they had pornography but it was printed in a magazine - it cost a few dollars, and you had to go to the store and actually purchase it at checkout.

Well my belief in freedom of commerce, speech, private ownership of networks - is all strong enough that I wouldn't support the governments actions.

However I feel no need to over simplify. They are addressing a real problem - even if the world is so focused on women, they have to express every problem and solution in terms of how it impacts women.

The real problem here - is pornography is negatively impacting men.
And - as men are human beings too - it's sad that its having this impact, and I'd like to see a solution. Just not the government's solution.

p.s. I'm not from the UK - so my 'support' was neither requested nor required - I'm just joining the discussion because its interesting. True, it's important to stay vigilant against attacks on freedoms, but at the same time, some talk of the underlying issue is important too - pornography is a menace, if you ask me ;)

Edited 2013-07-23 13:29 UTC

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